Steam Traction - HDR or Normal? by David J Knight

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A quick visit, before attending my granddaughter’s 18th birthday party, was paid to the Klondyke Steam Rally in Draycott-in-the-Clay, Staffordshire.

Seen here are:

SM 8832 is a 1931 Fowler Road Roller, number 18507 and named “Morning Star”
EP 2398 is a 1924 Road Locomotive, number 15787 and named “Cynorthwywr”, also by John Fowler of Leeds

Cynorthwywr roughly translated from Welsh, means Helprmate, which I’m sure these early engines must have been.

As usual I played around with various filters/processes before deciding what to post. This time I wasn’t too sure. The sun’s position made the original shot more difficult than normal, so some processing was required.

Although the HDR version is a bit OTT, I still like the outcome, but does it appeal more than the original (with just a small amount of processing)?

Please let me know your opinion – and don’t hold back as I know HDR is not everyone’s cup of tea.

To see the full size images look:
HDR version
None HDR version

Technical Data

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 18 – 200mm
Exposure Program: Aperture priority
Exposure Bias: -1 eV
ISO: ISO-160
Aperture: F/5.6
Speed: 1/800 sec (HDR version various)
Focal Length: 22 mm
HDR: Photomatix Essentials (Top)
Processing: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
Filter: NIK Color Efex (Bottom)

Location Data

Country: England
Location: Staffordshire
Place: klondyke steam show

Please feel free to critique or question any of my work. It is often the best way to learn.
Also if you see any technique you wish to question/discover, then feel free to ask.

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I’m just an old guy that likes riding or driving around the countryside with my camera capturing anything that takes my fancy.

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  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...about 1 year ago

    Although it is not so dramatic as the HDR version I prefer the normal one – but a great shot and processing David !

  • Thanks Mattie, I expect most, but not all, to agree with your choice

    – David J Knight

  • George Petrovsky
    George Petrovskyabout 1 year ago

    Good idea, putting up the comparison, David. The HDR certainly enhances the detail and presents a more pleasing – if a little less “accurate” – picture. The sky gets a tad dark a slight minus. The HDR version gets my vote! :) george

  • Thanks George for your vote and detailed reasoning, both, of course, are appreciated

    – David J Knight

  • barkeypf
    barkeypfabout 1 year ago

    My comment says it on the HDR. It gets my surprise vote

  • Thanks Paul

    – David J Knight

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseabout 1 year ago

    Both beautiful, but I do prefer the normal one,,,both very attractive shots!!

  • Thanks Dorothy, appreciate your opinion

    – David J Knight

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 1 year ago

    Always room for improvement. HDR every time!! More colour, detail and brings the whole scene to life! I M humble O lol!

  • Thanks Pauline, I predicted most of my ‘regulars’ views correctly, you surprised me you’ll be glad to hear lol

    – David J Knight

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 1 year ago

    Nice shot David. Prefer natural myself. – Ted

  • Thanks Ted, appreciate your input

    – David J Knight

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